Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (2022): Part 02

Introduction

A documentary about the mental health crisis among youth in America.

Outline (General)

Mental illness is one of the most significant health crises in the world – as pervasive as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease – but it often exists in secret and is endured in isolation. It is the place where sadness leaves off, and depression begins; where nervousness becomes anxiety; excitement becomes mania, and habit becomes addiction. It’s the place where simply living becomes painful.

It affects all ages, in families both rich and poor, healthy and dysfunctional. Trauma can be the trigger – from personal crises such as divorce and neglect to environmental disasters, racial injustice, and pandemics. Over time, the symptoms can progress, and lead to increasingly extreme behaviours – like eating disorders, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide.

The issues surrounding mental illness are extraordinarily complex. The risk factors are daunting, the economics bewildering, and the politics contentious. But the most important step – and often the most difficult one – is to start talking about it. Hiding in Plain Sight will bring that conversation into homes, schools, the workplace, and community organisations across the country.

The two-part, four-hour film follows the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled – and, at times – overwhelmed them. They share what they have learned about themselves, their families, and the world in which they live. Through first-person accounts, the film presents an unstinting look at both the seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and the hope that many have found after that storm. In the process, they will directly confront the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and, in doing so, support the ongoing shift in the public perception of mental illness today.

Outline (Part 02)

Our “heroes” speak about finding help and inpatient and/or outpatient treatment. It also explores the criminalization of mental illness, tragedy of youth suicide, and “double stigma” that occurs when mental illness is combined with racial or gender discrimination. Throughout, the interviewees demonstrate the power of resiliency and hope.

Part 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Christopher Loren Ewers.
    • Erik Ewers.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ken Burns … executive producer.
    • Julie Coffman … producer.
    • Christopher Loren Ewers … co-producer.
    • Susan Shumaker … co-producer.
    • Erik Ewers … co-producer.
    • Christopher Loren Ewers … co-producer.
    • David Blistein … co-producer.
    • John F. Wilson … executive producer: WETA.
    • Tom Chiodo … executive producer: WETA.
  • Writer(s):
    • David Blistein.
  • Music:
    • David Cieri.
  • Cinematography:
    • Christopher Loren Ewers … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Florentine Films.
    • Ewers Brothers Productions.
    • WETA Washington D.C.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 27 June 2022 to 29 June 2022.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (2022): Part 01

Introduction

A documentary about the mental health crisis among youth in America.

Outline (General)

Mental illness is one of the most significant health crises in the world – as pervasive as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease – but it often exists in secret and is endured in isolation. It is the place where sadness leaves off, and depression begins; where nervousness becomes anxiety; excitement becomes mania, and habit becomes addiction. It’s the place where simply living becomes painful.

It affects all ages, in families both rich and poor, healthy and dysfunctional. Trauma can be the trigger – from personal crises such as divorce and neglect to environmental disasters, racial injustice, and pandemics. Over time, the symptoms can progress, and lead to increasingly extreme behaviours – like eating disorders, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide.

The issues surrounding mental illness are extraordinarily complex. The risk factors are daunting, the economics bewildering, and the politics contentious. But the most important step – and often the most difficult one – is to start talking about it. Hiding in Plain Sight will bring that conversation into homes, schools, the workplace, and community organisations across the country.

The two-part, four-hour film follows the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled – and, at times – overwhelmed them. They share what they have learned about themselves, their families, and the world in which they live. Through first-person accounts, the film presents an unstinting look at both the seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and the hope that many have found after that storm. In the process, they will directly confront the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and, in doing so, support the ongoing shift in the public perception of mental illness today.

Outline (Part 01)

Focuses on more than twenty young people who provide an intimate look at what it’s like to experience the symptoms of mental illness, from depression to addiction to suicide ideation. The film includes insights from families, providers, and advocates and explores the impact of childhood trauma, stigma, and social media.

Part 02 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Christopher Loren Ewers.
    • Erik Ewers.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ken Burns … executive producer.
    • Julie Coffman … producer.
    • Christopher Loren Ewers … co-producer.
    • Susan Shumaker … co-producer.
    • Erik Ewers … co-producer.
    • Christopher Loren Ewers … co-producer.
    • David Blistein … co-producer.
    • John F. Wilson … executive producer: WETA.
    • Tom Chiodo … executive producer: WETA.
  • Writer(s):
    • David Blistein.
  • Music:
    • David Cieri.
  • Cinematography:
    • Christopher Loren Ewers … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Florentine Films.
    • Ewers Brothers Productions.
    • WETA Washington D.C.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 27 June 2022 to 29 June 2022.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Elizabeth is Missing (2019)

Introduction

Elizabeth Is Missing is a television drama film directed by Aisling Walsh, adapted by Andrea Gibb from the novel of the same name by Emma Healey. It was broadcast on 08 December 2019 on BBC One. It stars Glenda Jackson as Maud, an elderly woman living with dementia who struggles to piece together a double mystery.

It premiered on PBS on 03 January 2021 as part of its Masterpiece anthology series.

Outline

Maud, a grandmother in her 80s living with Alzheimer’s disease, relies on sticky notes to get through the day as her memory slowly deteriorates. One day her best friend, another elderly woman named Elizabeth, fails to meet her as promised. Maud begins to believe something sinister has happened to Elizabeth, but her attempts to raise the alarm are dismissed by those around her. She is forced to investigate on her own as her memory flashes back to the mystery of another disappearance: that of her elder sister, Sukey, 70 years earlier.

Ultimately, Maud’s daughter Helen learns that Elizabeth is not missing, she is in the hospital having become sick following gardening with Maud. Prompted by Maud, Helen digs in the garden of Maud’s home and uncovers the skeletal remains of Sukey. Sukey’s body had been buried there by Frank, Sukey’s husband, when the neighbourhood was first being constructed 70 years earlier after he had killed her.

cast

  • Glenda Jackson as Maud Horsham, a widowed grandmother living with Alzheimer’s disease who lives alone.
  • Liv Hill as Young Maud Palmer.
  • Sophie Rundle as Susan “Sukey” Jefford, Maud’s sister who went missing seventy years earlier.
  • Helen Behan as Helen, Maud’s daughter.
  • Nell Williams as Katy, Helen’s daughter and Maud’s granddaughter.
  • Mark Stanley as Frank Jefford, Sukey’s husband.
  • Neil Pendleton as Douglas, a lodger who stays with Sukey, Maud and their parents.
  • Sam Hazeldine as Tom Horsham, Maud’s son who lives in Germany.
  • Maggie Steed as Elizabeth, Maud’s friend.
  • John-Paul Hurley as Mr Palmer, Maud and Sukey’s father.
  • Michelle Duncan as Mrs Palmer, Maud and Sukey’s mother.
  • Linda Hargreaves as Carla, Maud’s carer.
  • Tom Urie as a desk sergeant.
  • Anna-Maria Nabirye as Detective Sergeant Grainger.
  • Rachel Mcphail as PC Pam.
  • Stuart McQuarrie as Peter, Elizabeth’s son.

Background

Elizabeth Is Missing is based on the novel of the same name by Emma Healey, published in 2014. Glenda Jackson, who left acting in 1992 to begin a 23-year career as a Labour Party MP, returned to the stage in 2015. She stated that she was inspired after director Aisling Walsh approached her about the role in New York. “I read the script and the book, and they concern issues I have been banging on about for a decade. We are living in a society where no political party, at least in my country, has addressed the issue of how we provide the money to provide the care that an elderly population needs,” Jackson told The New York Times. To prepare for the role, Jackson met with a doctor from Dementia UK, who she said “explained that the anger that many patients with dementia express was frustration.”

Production

STV Studios were responsible for Elizabeth Is Missing, which was filmed in July and August 2019 in Scotland. Paisley, Renfrewshire, stood in for an English town in flashbacks to the 1940s.

Release

Elizabeth Is Missing was well received by critics, who praised the outstanding performance by Glenda Jackson, who returned to television after a 27-year absence.

On 31 July 2020, Jackson won the BAFTA TV award in the leading actress category.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Aisling Walsh.
  • Producer(s):
    • Sarah Brown … executive producer.
    • Victoria Dabbs … line producer.
    • Andrea Gibb … executive producer.
    • Gaynor Holmes … executive producer: BBC.
    • Chrissy Skinns … producer (produced by).
    • Mark Thomas … executive producer: Creative Scotland.
  • Writer(s):
    • Andrea Gibb … (written by).
    • Emma Healey … (based on the novel by).
  • Music:
    • Dominik Scherrer.
  • Cinematography:
    • Lukas Strebel … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
    • Alex Mackie.
  • Production:
    • STV Productions.
    • BBC One (for).
  • Distributor(s):
    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (2019) (UK) (TV) (BBC One).
    • BBC One (UK) (TV).
    • Canal+ Polska (2021) (Poland) (TV).
    • HBO Latin America (2020) (Argentina) (TV).
    • KRO-NCRV (2021) (Netherlands) (TV) (NPO2).
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (2021) (USA) (TV).
    • Yleisradio (YLE) (2021) (Finland) (TV).
  • Release Date: 08 December 2019 (UK).
  • Running Time: 87 minutes.
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

Surface (2022): S01E08 – See You on the Other Side

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

Sophie seems ready to move forward, but can she accept a life with James while questions about her past still linger?

Surface Series

You can find a full index and overview of Surface here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 02 September 2022.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Surface (2022): S01E07 – It Was Always Going to End This Way

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

Sophie must end the investigation into her own crimes, and she realises there is only one explanation left for what happened on the ferry.

Surface Series

You can find a full index and overview of Surface here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 26 August 2022.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Surface (2022): S01E06 – The Myth of California

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

James is finally honest with Sophie about their marriage and their past. His betrayals run deep, but not as deep as her own.

Surface Series

You can find a full index and overview of Surface here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 19 August 2022.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Surface (2022): S01E05 – It Comes in Waves

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

A risky choice lands Sophie in the throes of a hallucinogenic trip that makes her question what kind of person she really is-or was.

Surface Series

You can find a full index and overview of Surface here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 12 August 2022.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Surface (2022): S01E04 – Psychogenic

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

Sophie pushes the boundaries to speed up her memory in hope of bringing forward any deep dark secrets buried in her mind. Sophie is determined to find out the truth about ‘that’ night.

Surface Series

You can find a full index and overview of Surface here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 August 2022.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Surface (2022): S01E03 – New Person, Same Old Mistakes

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

Sophie pushes the boundaries of her recovery, hoping to excite the secrets hurried deep in her mind.

Surface Series

You can find a full index and overview of Surface here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 29 July 2022.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Surface (2022): S01E02 – Muscle Memory

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

Her suspicions of her husband growing, Sophie attempts to get away from James and learn the real truth about their marriage

Surface Series

You can find a full index and overview of Surface here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 29 July 2022.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.